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5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

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5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

Was thinking of taking train down to Sandton-$30 round-trip, correct ?

is there going to be anything to see\do\going oi that area at around 6:00p

What about early in the morning?

can't decide if maybe shouldn't just stay at Airport

Thoughts, Input, Ideas welcome


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1. Re: 5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

Hi, yes, about $30 roundtrip.

Staying at the airport vs sandton should be more or less the same, both will be fairly expensive (by our standards, at least).

Most shops close around 6pm in sandton, so don't expect to get any shopping done. plenty of excellent restaurants though, you'll be spoiled for choice.

If you depart at 9:40 you will need to be at the airport pretty early, depending on whether you are on a domestic or international flight. It seems to me that you won't be gaining much by going into sandton, other than a good meal. My honest opinion is that I would opt for the airport hotel, you could have a really nice evening at emperor's palace (a casino complex at the airport), and save yourself the hassle of the extra travelling.

Edited: 09 February 2011, 07:19
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2. Re: 5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

I would stay at Emperors. Choice of accommodation, plenty of restaurants and even time for a flutter on the tables!

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3. Re: 5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

You don't need to be at the airport early. Your transit time is less than 24 hours so you can already be checked in all the way to your final destination with your first flight. At the very minimum you can do this before leaving the airport. You will then have your boarding passes ready for your next days flight. You can even arrange for your overnight things to be packed in your hand baggage and then have you main baggage already checked through onto your flight to your final destination so all you need to do is go straight to the gate.

Then as CFG says the only variable is if your next day flight is domestic or international whether you need to go through passport control. If you and your bags are already checked in I would arrive for an International flight about one hour before - a domestic flight 45mins. The really good thing about using the Gautrain to/from Sandton is that every train is spot on time to within 20-30 seconds! You will know exactly what time you are going to be at the airport. If you stay in an airport area hotel - even as close as Emporors Palace - at that time of the morning the Joburg traffic is horrendous. It might take 30 mins or longer to travel 3 or 4 km! Some airport hotels are quite a bit further away than this.

I personally would go to Sandton. Much quieter than the airport and a much better choice and range of places to eat. Of course, if you want to gamble the night away and come out next morning for your flight, rich - or much more likely skint! Then Emporors Place might be a good choice!

Edited: 09 February 2011, 09:27
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4. Re: 5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

There are 4 hotels at the Emperors Palace complex.. peermont.com/peermont/…peermont-homepage D'Oreale Grande is the luxury property. Metcourt, Metcourt Suites, Mondior are the others. Easy walk, inside, from all of them to the Casino - which has numerous restaurants in its food court. I've used all of them for clients, and choosing one would be mostly based on what you want to spend. They're all on the airport grounds, reached by the free hotel shuttle.

This one - https://www.citylodge.co.za/cl13.php - is actually reached from the terminals by an enclosed walkway. I'm using it a lot now. And if you want to spoil yourself with some fine dining - the restaurant at the Intercontinental, also right at the terminals, would be the place:http://www.southernsun.com/intercontinental/johannesburg-or-tambo-airport/pages/dining.aspx If you REALLY want to spoil yourself, stay at the Intercontinental. It is expensive.

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5. Re: 5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

Thanks for suggestions all

Flight is to MRU, so guessing that's considered International.

Believe Sandton, even with the extra cost may be more to our liking and at least cab say saw a bit of the area.

Thinking of stay at either the Intercontinental Sandton or the Holiday Inn Sandton-Rivonia Road

is one more convenient to the train station than the other?

will likely use points, so $$ is not big issue

6. Re: 5:30p arrival\9:40a next day depart,Stay in Sandton ????

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